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John Wayne – Adopted February 2023!


John Wayne

Breed: Doberman Coonhound Mix
Gender: Male
Age: 9 years old
Size: Large

Energy Level: Medium
Training Goals: Basic manners, settling in and adjusting to a more urban environment
House trained? Yes
Kids? Yes, with proper supervision and separation
Cats? No
Dogs? Yes, with proper supervision and separation
Medical Needs: Healing my injuries, dental work, yearly vet checkups

About Me:

Hi I'm John Wayne!

I am the latest recipient of WAG's Critical Care Program, a fund 100% supported by community donors to help injured and sick animals in need. I arrived at WAG needing some extra TLC and have some older injuries that needed to be taken care of. I recently visited the vet, who advised that I should also have some dental work done and some X RAYs when I go for my neuter next month.

I am currently in a wonderful foster home, where I am being looked after whilst awaiting further medical treatment and investigations. I enjoy snuggles on the couch, going for walks and am very food motivated, I'm pretty partial to treats and snacks which is great as I am aiming to put on a bit of weight. I am surprisingly agile and can make a sprint for it when I want to, especially when I am on walks and see a little critter that I might like to chase. I am 9 years young, and am keen to be right by your side and to be told how handsome I am all day long. Even though I am a big dog and may be a little shy when I first meet you, I am quick to trust and am very gentle!

I am looking for a forever home that will keep me safe and love me forever. Coming to WAG has been a big transition for me and I need my new family to be patient with me while I adjust to my next adventure. I need you to be proactive with my medical care going forward and help me with my recovery as needed. In return I will be a lovebug and make sure you laugh and smile every day!

Here are some notes my lovely foster mom helped me write after getting to know me better:

" I love all the cuddles! Putting my head in your lap and getting big pats is my favorite thing.

I will talk to you in the sweetest way if I have something exciting to tell you. It doesn't happen often but when it does it's the cutest.

I get along with - everyone! Maybe not cats or squirrels I am very inquisitive about them.

I would rather not be left alone all day. I love to be with my person. I am very chill when I am with my person and will ask for cuddles every now and then.
Don't expect me to be a swimmer, I don't like water much and will avoid puddles if I can.

I can't wait to find my retirement home filled with love, cuddles and gentle walks."

Are you the person I am looking for to give me a second chance and look after me no matter what? If so then please fill out an application form below.

My Perfect Match:


- A family with patience and understanding that I may need time to adjust to my new surroundings and that I am healing

- Loves big beautiful dogs who enjoy cuddles and adventures

- Will be able to help me in my recovery and rehab if needed

- Will keep me safe and love me forever, no matter what!

- Eager to learn more about dog body language so you can understand what I'm communicating to you

- Be proactive with my training, using a WAG approved trainer that will help me gain confidence and give my family the tools they will need

- Will keep me healthy and happy with proper exercise and yearly vet visits and anything else I might need!

If you're dedicated to providing a safe home using only fear-free, positive reinforcement training methods, please fill out an application below:



My Story:

My previous owners loved me so very much, but were unable to give me the extra care that had become necessary at this stage in my life. They knew that WAG would be able to get me the medical help I needed and would give me a second chance at a healthy future.

WAG is now fundraising for John Wayne's medical costs, medication, aftercare and possible further surgery. As well as anything else that JW will need!

If you are not in a position to adopt at the moment, please consider donating for WAG'S Critical Care Fund to help JW and other animals like him get the second chance they deserve.